Pre-apprenticeship programs

Master Builders Pre-Apprenticeship Program

A pre-apprenticeship course allows you to find out if the trade is right for you before commencing an apprenticeship or traineeship.

You will undertake training in a specific area allowing you to get a taste of the trade. If you decide it’s for you, then you are already on your way to studying for the full qualification.

Pre-apprenticeship and pre-traineeship programs are FREE.

Master Builders have created 2 Pre-apprenticeship Programs:

  • Program 1 – Non-VET Construction Students
  • Program 2 – VET Construction Students

NB: Vocational Education Training (VET) students have completed a Certificate II in Construction or Construction Pathways

Program 1

This program specifically focuses on entry level training, including white card, hand tools and industry information. This is a 4 week, full time course that is offered to young people looking to commence a carpentry, shop fitting, joinery or cabinet making trade apprenticeship. 

Program 2

This program is designed for young people who have completed a certificate II VET course in either Construction or Construction Pathways. This 2 week, full time course is designed to enhance the skills and knowledge already attained through your VET studies and prepare you for a carpentry apprenticeship.

To find out more and apply for a position in the 2018-2019 Master Builders Pre-Apprenticeship Programs, call 02 8586 3533 or apply here.


To be eligible for a pre-apprenticeship or pre-traineeship, you need to:

  • Be 15 years old or over
  • Have completed Year 10 (or its equivalent) and be eligible to leave school under NSW Education Amendment (school leaving age) Regulation 2009
  • Be living or working in NSW
  • Be an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident, Australian humanitarian visa holder or New Zealand citizen

Master Builders Pre-apprenticeship Program

Master Builders have created a pre-apprenticeship program specifically for people thinking about starting a carpentry apprenticeship.

Master Builders pre-apprenticeship program was developed with a holistic approach to preparing you to become the best quality 1st year carpentry apprentice.

For more information, see Master Builders Association Pre-apprenticeship Program

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